Top 10: “Discipleship Is and Is Not….”

10. Discipleship IS Small Groups. It is NOT Cliques. 9. Discipleship IS faith involvement. It is NOT faith information. 8. Discipleship IS a guide on the side. It is NOT a sage on the stage. 7. Discipleship IS an invitation to come and see. It is NOT an invitation to look at me. 6. Discipleship […]

Beware of the Power of ‘Personality Cults’

Our social media feed is filling up again with a fresh batch of failed leaders and failed churches. Big named people at big-name churches.  Less-known names in lesser-known churches, that have had unbelievable overnight success.  Popular magazines and websites create lists of the biggest of the big names and the fastest of the lesser-known names. […]

Ten Reason Why Key Leaders of Ministries Fail

I grew up in a pastor’s home. Some of my best friends growing up with were pastor’s kids. We would go to ministry conferences as a family growing, so I was able to quietly observed ministry leaders from behind the curtain.    I attended a private Christian school and was part of the youth ministry […]

An Uncool Calling to Youth Ministry

I recently read the Instagram post from Skillet frontman, John Copper, called “Make Pastors Uncool Again”. In it, he addresses the continual trend of cool and hip pastors that acts more like rockstars than pastors… “..promotes himself, builds his brand, and entertains people..”   This continues to be true for so many pastors in general, but […]

Top 10: Youth Pastor (Leaders) In the Bible!

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT?  ARE THERE YOUTH PASTORS/LEADERS IN THE BIBLE?  IS THE WHOLE IDEA OF ADULT LEADERS/PASTORS SPENDING INTENTIONAL TIME WITH TEENAGERS… YES, EVEN MIDDLE YEARS AGE KIDS SOMETHING NEW? NOPE, NOT AT ALL!    HERE ARE THE TOP TEN I CAN THINK OF…SERIOUSLY!  (*With just a little bit of fun, thrown […]

A Leader OF Leaders OR A Leader WITH Leaders?

It was years ago, I sat on the other side of his desk.   I was new and it was just a few weeks into my new job.  I was excited because it was going to be my first time working in a church with another youth pastor on staff with me.  I had been additionally […]

“Let’s Pre-Teens Ask the Tough Questions” (Robert Quinn)

Our preteen ministry falls under our youth ministry. Part of what I get to do is help with our youth ministry. We just did a series that was inspired by a junior boy asking a question. The question is not important, but what hit me was soon after I had similar questions asked by our […]

Top 10: Youth Ministry Leadership Fails!

10. Surround yourself only with people just like you? 9. Creating a team of people who are afraid to disagree with you? 8. Making a team up of only people of one age and one generation? 7. Not having regularly schedule meetings? 6.  Allowing personal preferences to rule over Biblical truth? 5.  Never doing trainings […]

“Ten Things Personally Holding Your Ministry Back?”

What is keeping your ministry back?  What are things that might be keep you and your ministry from God’s best and blessing?  Here are 10 Things That Are Personally Holding Your Ministry Back….  10. Your Personal Pride (Prov. 16:18) 9. Your Personal Insecurities (Phil. 4:6-9) 8. Your Personal Purity (Titus 1:15) 7. Your Personal Preferences (John 3:30) […]

“Global Center for Youth Ministry: Anderson University”

Excited and privileged to be invited to be a “Practitioner Fellow” for GLOBAL CENTER FOR YOUTH MINISTRY! It is amazing new program from Anderson University’s Clamp Divinity School, under the leader of Dr. Tim McKnight!  What it is: “With the help of academicians and practitioners from throughout the country, the Global Center for Youth Ministry […]